• Today is a Severe Weather Alert Day

    Afternoon storm intensity depends on how much sunshine we see later this morning.

    So far we’ve enjoyed partly sunny skies with quickly warming temperatures into the 70s. Late morning through midday I expect showers, downpours and thunderstorms. These storms should mostly be non-severe and may put a temporary delay on strong or severe thunderstorms for this afternoon.

    After the late morning wet weather pushes out, I expect drier air and brighter weather which could trigger a redevelopment of thunderstorms from mid-afternoon onward.

    Storms this afternoon will bring many threats. The main threat is for damaging winds which could bring down trees and power lines. Hail is a secondary threat and could occur if any individual storm cells form. We cannot rule out an isolated tornado this afternoon somewhere in western Massachusetts.

    Today is a day to be weather aware. Make sure that you have a way to be informed about changing weather conditions whether you’re at home, or on the move.

    The 22News Storm Team, if necessary, will run crawls at the bottom of your screen and will cut in to programming in order to provide critical storm information in order to keep you safe. If you lose power, we will keep you informed using our mobile app.

    We’ll be taking you step by step through today’s weather on 22News during the Today Show, and on 22News at Noon.

    ..Potential significant severe weather outbreak with scattered to numerous strong to severe thunderstorms remains likely across much of Southern New England particularly north and west of a Boston to Providence line but potentially affecting an area as far south and east as the Cape Cod Canal. Damaging winds, large hail and urban and poor drainage flooding are the main threats but an isolated tornado or two remains possible. Evolution of severe weather potential still has some uncertainty but confidence has increased since Monday Evening.. Continue reading  Post ID 88475


  • Henry Street in Amherst reopens after school bus struck utility pole

    No students were hurt in the accident

    school bus stop sign

    AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Henry Street in Amherst has reopened after a school bus went off the road and struck a utility pole around 1:30 Monday afternoon, knocking down wires in the crash.

    Amherst Police Lt. Ronald Young says that there were students on the bus at the time, but no injuries were reported. The children were brought back to the Fort River Elementary School to be reunited with their parents.

    Henry Street reopened around 11:00pm Monday.14 homes lost power due to this crash. According to Eversource, all power has since been restored.

    The bus driver’s name is not being released at this time.


  • How safe do you feel at work?

    GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – According to a new CareerBuilder Survey, 23% of people say they’d be in trouble in a workplace emergency because they wouldn’t know what to do.

    30% of people also don’t feel their workplace is well protected from a physical threat from another person.

    One local Greenfield business told 22News, they make sure their employees know exactly what to do in cases of emergencies.

    “We’re in here training everybody on how to use a fire extinguisher, okay, we have someone who comes in every year to talk to us about sexual harassment policies, we have people coming in here telling us what to do in case of an emergency, where to go, what exit to go out, what to do, how to help,” said Tom Dillion of Chevrolet in Greenfield.

    The national online survey included more than 3,000 full-time, U.S. workers from different backgrounds and industries. However, the survey also says that 90% of people say they feel their office is a secure place to work.


  • Ex-bookkeeper to be jailed for stealing $1M from West Side company

    Jeffrey Cinelli of Montgomery also ordered to pay restitution; banned from handling others’ money

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The former bookkeeper of a West Springfield company that sells fire suppression systems, has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail for stealing more than $1 million from the company.  Jeffrey Cinelli, 51, of Montgomery, was also ordered to make full restitution after pleading guilty Friday to three counts of larceny over $250 and two counts of making false entries in corporate books.

    According to a news release sent to 22News by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Cinelli stole the money from Massachusetts Fire Technologies through a scheme involving credit card payments. Cinelli, who worked for the company as an accounts payable bookkeeper, would make regular credit card payments for the company from the company bank account. At the same time, however, he would forward a nearly identical amount of money to his personal credit card. He would record both payments together in MFT’s books, and label the portion that went to his personal card as “material expenditure.”

    Prosecutors say Cinelli also took cash advances on his personal credit card, which he repaid using company funds. In total, prosecutors say he took $1,022,872.

    “This defendant abused his position of trust to steal more than one million dollars for his own personal use, to the detriment of this company and its employees,” Healey said.

    The thefts went on from January 2006 through May 2009. The company’s former owner began to suspect the theft following an audit, and contacted West Springfield Police.

    In addition to the jail sentence and restitution, Hampden Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Kinder sentenced Cinelli to ten years probation following his release, and he is prohibited from handling other people’s money.

    SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) –

    A former bookkeeper has pleaded guilty to stealing over a million dollars from a West Springfield company.

    Jeffrey Cinelli, of Montgomery, manipulated the books of his former employer for three years before he was caught.

    Cinelli admitted to stealing over a million dollars from his former employer, Massachusetts Fire Technologies, a business specializing in the sales and services of fire extinguishers and suppression systems.

    “It’s been a long road. It’s taken three years to get here finally it’s over,” said David Wolcott.

    Cinelli pleaded guilty on three counts of larceny over $250 and two charges of false entry in corporate books.

    Judge Jeffrey Kinder sentenced Cinelli to two and a half years at the Hampshire County House of Corrections and ten years probation following the jail term.

    During the probation time, Cinelli is barred from managing funds for other people. He’s not allowed to contact Wolcott, who owned the company at the time of the theft

    “It’s hard when you have a very good friend and neighbor that we did a lot together and you totally trusted to take $1.5 million from you. He also took it from my employees and my family. There were times I couldn’t give raises because no money in the account because of him taking it,” Wolcott added.

    With the money, Cinelli reportedly spent thousands at Costco and other stores, paid for luxury services, purchased high end vehicles, and paid off his own debt.

    Now, Cinelli must also pay pack the amount of over $1,022,000 to Wolcott.

    Since the theft, Massachusetts Fire Technologies in West Springfield is now in the hands of new owners. CEO James Birchall says the amount of money taken is horrible, but the company is now looking ahead.

    “[I] did want to say to our customers and employees and partners that Mass. Fire is a strong company, financially stable, dynamic, and a good place to work,” Birchall added.

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A former bookkeeper has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stealing more than $1 million from a West Springfield company that sells fire extinguishers and fire suppression systems.

    Jeffrey Cinelli, 50, of Montgomery was indicted Thursday on five counts of larceny over $250 and four counts of false entry in corporate books.

    According to a news release sent to 22News by the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, Cinelli, who worked as an accounts payable bookkeeper for Massachusetts Fire Technologies, allegedly stole the money through a scheme in which he manipulated the books.

    Prosecutors say that Cinelli made required company credit card payments, but then forwarded a nearly identical payment to his personal credit card. He then allegedly listed both payments together under the category of “material expenditures” for the company.

    He is also accused of taking numerous cash advances on his credit card, which he paid off using company funds.

    Cinelli will be arraigned on March 14 in Hampden Superior Court.

     

    WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) –

    After a year and a half of investigating, a former bookkeeper at a West Springfield business has been indicted, accused of stealing more than $1 million from the company.

    According to the state Attorney General’s Office, Jeffrey Cinelli, of Montgomery, had been working as a bookkeeper for West Springfield-based Massachusetts Fire Technologies.

    Authorities allege he had been funneling money from the company’s accounts to pay his own credit card bills and would then fix the books to hide the theft.

    State investigators say the theft happened between January 2006 and May 2009.

    Cinelli faces multiple charges and will be arraigned March 14.

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    Read more: http://www.westernmassnews.com/story/24846563/former-bookkeeper-accused-of-stealing-1-million-from-business#ixzz3dt6B7Da0

    Read more: http://www.westernmassnews.com/story/29363715/man-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-over-1m-from-west-springfield-company#ixzz3dt5a8yPu

     

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